News and events

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Christmas Market

And here’s the second mentionWe will be holding a planning meeting on the 5 September at 7pm in the vestry to discuss the Christmas Market, all welcome.

Rotary Shoe Box Scheme

It’s possibly the first mention of the year for the ‘C’ word… Christmas. There are leaflets from the Rotary club available at the back of church explaining the size of shoe box allowed and it also gives ideas for gift items that may be included. Thank you for your support.

Lost property amnesty

There are some items at the back of the church which need to be reunited with their owners or sympathetically disposed of. Please take a moment to have look, especially the umbrellas and coat.

St James’ Church Magazine – could you help?

St James’ Church Magazine is a very valued part of our church life and we very much want it to continue.  But unfortunately, it is looking like it may have to stop unless we can find a Team to produce it.  Could you help? 

The good news is that we have two people interested in editing and post print preparation, but we still need a chaser for the articles! Support and help would be given to anyone willing to take this on.  And in order to make it more manageable we are thinking perhaps it should be a bi-monthly magazine, so produced six a year. 

Please speak to Vicky or Linda for more information or to offer to help.

Flower festival

13 September 2019 – 15 September 2019

Opening times:
Friday 13th 10.30am -6pm
Saturday 14th 10.30am -6pm
Sunday 15th  1pm – 4pm

Tickets are now on sale: £6.50 on the door or £5 in advance. Children free. To book your tickets contact or call 07486 883767 or see June Butler or Rachel Owton.

Wanted Buckets Please as many as possible on Wednesday 11 September, for both flowers and foliage. Greenery also please, both large and small as we are hoping to make this a fantastic show of arrangements for the Flower Festival. Cakes also please.

Radio Solent Gardener’s Question Time is being recorded from St James on Monday 16th and we will be selling refreshments for this event. If you would like to attend, please register at the back of the Church as we need to know numbers.

Please invite your friends and neighbours to buy tickets and if you are able to post some posters and flyers we would be extremely grateful.  We have been out in the Forest and also Winchester area, please check with Rachel and June which areas need to be visited.

The Flower festival will end with a Celebration Service of Hymns and Readings at 3.30pm on the Sunday.

Exploring Faith

We will be running some groups in the autumn for people to come together to discuss, explore and reflect together on matters of life and faith.

Everyone is very welcome at these. There will be a discussion group, a Bible study group, and also an enquirers course for those new to church who’d like to know more about the Christian faith. You’ll be able to sign up for the groups in church from mid-September. For more information speak to Vicky or Linda.

Churches Together Welcome Pack

Churches Together has produced a welcome pack which is being delivered to those living in newly built houses in West End, Hedge End and Botley.

The brown bag contains a Church Together Pamphlet listing the local churches, a card with a house blessing prayer on it and some chocolates. There is a welcome bag at the back of church is you would like to have a look at one. If anyone would like to deliver welcome packs in West End please speak with Vicky or our Churches Together reps, Jane Castle and Hazel Moore.

Open Church update

Following the positive support for having the church unlocked and open during daylight hours for anyone to visit, our Building’s Officer, Noel, is looking into how we can make this happen and meet the insurance requirements. It will take a little while to get to get everything sorted and in place. If you would like to know more about this please speak to Vicky, Linda, Noel or one of the church wardens, Scott or Jan.

Singsational Voices concert

Saturday 19 October 2019 2.30pm
St James’ Church

Singsational Voices is a contemporary mixed community choir based in Titchfield, Curdridge and Chandlers Ford, whose main aim is to provide a fun and safe environment for anyone
to sing.  They raise self esteem and develop general singing ability and to support and promote positivity and is fully inclusive. Some of their previous charity performances have been for Breast Cancer Haven and Archie’s Story (Cerebal Palsy) and they also took place in the Romsey Marathon Relay and they are looking forward to entertaining everyone at our Project Aurora fundraising concert on Saturday 19 October from 2.30pm with a break for afternoon tea in the middle.

Win a quilt!

Have you spotted the quilt above the font?  If you would like a chance to win this, made by Enid Plowman, its just £1 per try! All you need to do is enter your name and contact number in the diary at the back of church – ONE name per date! The person who is drawn with the winning date or the closest to it is the winner! Have a go, all proceeds to Project Aurora.

The 200 Club

The first draw took place on Friday 19 July and the winners were as follows: 1st Prize Mike O’Brien; 2nd Prize Rita Payne; 3rd Prize Mike O’Brien. Congratulations to the winners next time it could be you!  

Help raise regular funds for Project Aurora and be in with a chance to win a prize each month. Why not support our fundraising by becoming a member of the 200 Club? Monthly contributions will go toward raising funds for Project Aurora, and you will also be entered in a draw to win one of three prizes. Not less than 55% of the monthly payments will go toward Project Aurora, the rest will be paid out in prize money.

Which means:
For each £5 membership at least £2.75 will be added to the fund.
Over a year this will bring in a minimum of £33 per person.
If there are 50 member this would be £1,650 pa.
And 100 members would raise £3,300 p.a.
With full 200 members this would increase to a fantastic £6,600 p.a.

Pick up an application form today or speak to Revd Linda Galvin for more details.